In what is, I'm sure, a relief for most, I'll spare you my biweekly ramblings about the ineptness of Washington, the 2008 presidential race, the AMT or even whether the addition of Brett Favre will help push the New York Jets above the .500 mark.If your reading habits even remotely resemble mine, you most likely bypassed what we like to call in journalism "the news hole" of the issue you're currently holding to see who made the cut - and, by contrast, who didn't - in our annual Top 100 Most Influential People feature.

Throughout the year, inarguably the question I'm asked most often - with the possible exception of whether I'm a Yankees or Mets fan - is, "What do I have to do to make your Top 100 list?" Answering which are my favorite sports teams is relatively easy; saying what someone must accomplish to be included on the T100 list, somewhat less so.

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